Anonymous Keloid Encounter, a True Story:

Here is my story about a keloid growth for over 20 years on my left earlobe as a result of piercing;

My mother got my ears pierced when I was about 5. I then developed a keloid behind my left earlobe, it was tiny and not so visible unless if you paid close attention to it. My mother suggested that I should stop wearing earrings to avoid the keloid from growing bigger. I lived with it over the years, because my parents were under the impression that there was not much that could be done about it.

The years went by, I started feeling self-conscious about it, particularly because other kids made fun of my ‘abnormal appearance’. I cried about it because I just didn’t know what to do. Thankfully when I started high school, the teasing had stopped, as high school kids were more sympathetic about my disfigured earlobe, but that did not take away my self-consciousness and the will power to have it removed. So I started doing research on my own, because my parents had given up hope, as it is a disease that runs in the family (my mother has a small one behind her earlobe as well).

After bounty of reading and asking around from people, I learned that I could actually have it surgically removed. I went for an operation when I was 18 years old. The surgeon successfully removed it, leaving very little trace where the keloid had formed on my earlobe, but he negligently did not check or inform me that there was no follow up medication/treatment for me. The radiation therapy machines had been broken for years all over the country where I had it done, so unfortunately the keloid recurred, plus it grew bigger this time. I never had it removed again, because I did not have the finances to go to South Africa, which was the closet country to me with radiation therapy.

I now live, with a keloid, which is ten times bigger, then it could’ve been if had received the right treatment. I cover my ears all the time with suiting hairstyles and I can’t wear earrings and I ‘m self-conscious all the time. Whenever my ear is unintentionally exposed (either by the wind blowing my hair away from my ear, or my hairdresser) I feel embarrassed.

I’m sharing these story hoping to encourage keloid patients out there to be grateful, just for being a live, and for at least having all your body parts. It could be worse. And for those who do not suffer from this, the best treatment is prevention in patients with a known predisposition. This includes preventing unnecessary trauma or surgery (including ear piercing, elective mole removal, body tattoos), whenever possible. Any skin problems in predisposed individuals (e.g., acne, infections) should be treated as early as possible to minimize areas of inflammation.

Anonymous

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    International Keloid Symposium:

    (March 11, 2016) KRF is proudly announcing that the 1st ever will be held on September 8 - 9, 2016 at Rockefeller University in New York. KRF Extends its gratitude to Rockefeller University for hosting this meeting and its support for keloid research. Click on the image below to be directed to the symposium website.

  • March 11, 2016
  • Dr. Patricia Danielsen has joined the board of Directors of KRF:

    KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Danielsen has joined the board of directors of KRF. Dr. Danielsen is a dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology and Copenhagen Wound Healing Center, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. She has a PhD in wound healing and scar treatment science and a continuing academic career with a special focus on keloid scar disease. We welcome Dr. Danielsen and look forward to working with her in strengthening KRF.

  • November 1, 2015
  • KRF presentations at ETRS 2015 meeting:
  • Dr. Michael H. Tirgan was invited and gave two talks on Keloid Disorder at the Keloid Satellite Symposium during the 7th Joint Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society & the Wound Healing Society that was held 21-23 October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • August 15, 2015
  • Atlas of Ear Keloids:
  • KRF is pleased to announce publication of it first sponsored book, Atlas of Ear Keloids. This full color atlas, authored by Dr. Michael Tirgan, provides an insight into natural history of ear keloids. With over 130 full color images of ear keloids, Dr. Tirgan provides a solid proof that surgery is not a treatment for keloid disorder.

    Atlas of Ear Keloids by Dr. Michael H. Tirgan

  • August 1, 2015
  • KRF presenting at ETRS 2015 meeting:
  • KRF was able to arrange for a scientific session dedicated to keloid research the 7th Joint Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society & the Wound Healing Society that will be held 21-23 October 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This will be the very first dedicated scientific session that KRF has been able to organize.

  • November 11, 2011
  • KRF Formally Registered in New York State
  • KRF is pleased to announce that its Certificate of Incorporation was accepted and filled by the State of New York. KRF is now able to conduct fund raising activities to support conduct of much needed research in the field of Keloid.
  • October 18, 2011
  • Grant Approval from Rockefeller University
  • KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Tirgan's proposal to study "Pathogenesis of Keloid" was approved by the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. (RUCCTS Grant # 2UL1RR024143 from the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health). We thank Rockefeller University for extending support to our fight against keloid disorder. www.KeloidTissueBank.com is the official website of the main study.
  • October 14, 2011
  • Dr. James N. Musyoka, joins KRF
  • KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Musyoka has joined KRF. Dr. Musyoka has just completed his PhD with focus on would healing and keloid research and has previously conducted laboratory research in this area. We welcome Dr. Musyoka as a new member of KRF.
  • August 4, 2011
  • Dr. Djoned Sananto joins KRF
  • KRF is pleased to announce that Dr. Sananto, Head of Plastic Surgery Department at Haji General Hospital in Indonesia, has joined KRF. Dr. Sananto has strong interest in keloid disorder, actively treats patients with keloids, has previously conducted laboratory research in keloid and published the study results. We welcome Dr. Sananto as a new member of KRF.
  • July 28, 2011
  • Advanced Pathology Laboratory Partners with KRF
  • KRF is pleased to announce that the Director of Advanced Pathology Laboratory, Dr. Ali Daneshvar, has made a long term commitment to serve as the Tissue Bank arm of KRF. Advanced Pathology Laboratory is a CLIA certified full service pathology laboratory, located in Northfiled, New Jersey.
  • July 21, 2011
  • KRF Appoints General Counsel
  • KRF is pleased to announce appointment of its General Counsel. Attorney Ronald R. Benjamin of Binghamton, New York has been appointed General Counsel for Keloid Research Foundation. He will oversee all legal matters that concern operations of KRF. Mr. Benjamin has been practicing public interest law since 1979.
  • July 18, 2011
  • Certificate of Incorporation for KRF
  • The Certificate of Incorporation for KRF was completed by three initial board members, Michael Tirgan, MD acting as the Medical Officer, Nadereh Nouhi acting as the Business Manager and Alexander Duggan acting as the Patient Advocate and Liaison.